Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Ivy Alvarez
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Ivy Alvarez Born in the Philippines, Ivy Alvarez grew up in Tasmania, Australia. She is currently resident in Cardiff, Wales, having previously lived in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.


  • Mortal (Washington, DC: Red Morning Press, 2006)
  • As editor: ‘We Don’t Stop Here’ (2008), ‘A Slice of Cherry Pie’ (2006) (Wales: The Private Press)
  • One Dozen Poison Hay(na)ku, tinyside (Washington, DC: Big Game Books, 2007)
  • ‘what’s wrong’ and ‘catalogue: life as tableware’, chapbooks (Wales: The Private Press; 3rd reprint, 2004)
  • ‘Food for Humans’, chapbook (Melbourne: Slow Joe Crow Press, 2002)


  • Booranga/fourW Best Poem Prize shortlist (2009, 2010)
  • Pushcart Prize nomination, OCHO (2009)
  • Muse/Univ of Melbourne Postgraduate Association Creative Writing Prize (2009)


  • Academi Writers’ Bursary, Wales (2007, 2010)
  • Wales Arts International Fund (2006, 2008)
  • Australia Council for the Arts, New Work
  • Arvon Foundation Bursary, UK
  • Varuna Writers Centre’s Development Grant, Australia
  • Arts Tasmania Start-Up Youth Grant, Artistic Development, Australia


  • Cordite Asialink Korea Tour, Korea
  • Fundación Valparaíso, Spain
  • Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Republic of Ireland
  • MacDowell Colony Fellowship, USA
  • Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, UK
  • Poet in Residence, Vibewire.net
  • Artiste in Residence, Whatever program, SBS TV & Radio

Praise for Mortal
Sharpness of perception, whether of taste, eye or ear, is what defines this tightly written collection. The sharpness of the heart as mothers and daughters strain to find continuity, the sharpnesses of a sometimes painful, sometimes delightful present, and the deep poignancies of memory, are incised across these poems. Here’s a striking new voice to accompany us from Hades to Tasmania, from myth to mother.
—WN Herbert

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